Poem: Deaths Dip

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Johnny Depp coming out of his “Death Dip” , Dark Shadows 2012

Death’s Dip or Confession of a Mattress

FREE mattress. A queen size pillow top

took it home, laid it in the frame

First night—I rolled into a dip

a body shaped dip

on the left side

 

a person taller than me, wider than me

created a dip that I roll into

a bedridden, sickly person

left a death dip

 

No problem, I think, I’ll just sleep on the right

every night to even things out

 

yet, every morning I wake in the dip

My bed, now a metaphorical display

divides my psyche down the middle

The dip is comfortable, soft, form fitting

It feels like a hug in my lonely bed.

 

It is as comfortable as my father’s depression,

a heavy-known feeling of failure.

 

My familiar spins tires set on park

 

This I confess to you:

I sleep with death

and I like it

 

 -SPL

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Shannon Laws

Like my writing? Want to hear me read my poetry? Of course, you do. Please visit https://chickadeeproductions.bandcamp.com/releases and download some today. Only $1.00 a poem! Shannon Laws is a Pacific Northwest poet, voice-over talent, and podcast producer. She is the author of four poetry books, the most recent “Fallen” published by Independent Writer’s Studio Press. Shannon has received two Mayor’s Arts Awards and the Community Champion Award. She makes her home in Bellingham, Washington, USA.

One thought on “Poem: Deaths Dip”

  1. This is a real situation that happened my first week in Bellingham. Went to a woman’s shelter (Love, Inc.) and received a free mattress wrapped in plastic. As hard as I tried I couldn’t stay OUT of the dip. To make the free verse poem more powerful I wrote it in present tense.
    However, the mattress stayed with the house when I moved out about a year and half later. It freaked me out too much! I didn’t want to die, but to live, yet, I understood the dip. If that makes any sense.

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